No, we will have optical drives for a while longer than that. Unless everyone around the world has at least 100Mbps internet speeds there will be no reason to do away with optical drives. Downloading at 10Mbps a full 1080p movie with 5.1-7.1 surround sound takes a long time.
that, and I think they will have to make sound cards MUCH better and have optional amplifiers for a home theater system, people don't like watching movies in 2.0 sound all the time.
I agree with "the_krasno" its definitely not enough right now how would it be years from now. I my self have more than 2 TB storage internal and 1 TB external and still i feel that its gonna be less as day by day my collection of music, movies and games is increasing, also we cannot deny that day by day movies and games are also increasing in size on avg. every Bluray movie sizes 15 GB and games now a days around 10 GB.
[citation][nom]dogman_1234[/nom]2014? We have it now!I reality,[/citation][citation][nom]Marco925[/nom]Too late in my house. been like that for a couple of years now.[/citation][citation][nom]alyoshka[/nom]Lol, I have a feeling I already maybe accounting for 9 to ten households myself.....[/citation][citation][nom]darthvidor[/nom]I have 8TB total storage at home[/citation]
I own far more than 1TB of data that I have personally created. I also have several TB of ripped, lossless music, and DVD .iso files so that I never have to use my physical CDs or DVDs. Still need to find a good HD-DVD / Bluray ripper so I can eliminate my daily disc use completely.
I think if WD polled tom's they'd find that most of us spat on the 1tb digital content line when we passed it a while ago... but remember don't judge the world by what we have look at your parents and your friends parents and judge it by them
Cloud storage might eventually replace hard drives for some, but personally I don't like the idea of all my media being anywhere but sitting next to me. I think no matter what happens, people won't migrate everything to the cloud. This means that 1TB of content will probably be user's porn collections.
[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]***Yawn***To all the show-offs, they mean average of course, just because you have 10Tb of torrented porn, music and TV shows doesn't mean the other 100 people in your street have any at all.There will always be the big downloaders who are lifting the average when there are people like my Dad who think 'Digital Content' means buying a DVD.[/citation]
Seems to me us 'showoffs' are the kind of people who read these kind of articles and would like to see bigger drives. I'm an A/V snob and dont compress any of my media content. and bluray's are a litlle closer to 50 gig then 15, which means you get about 20 per terabyte. Compressed, streaming media aint worth a damn, imo.
[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]There will always be the big downloaders who are lifting the average when there are people like my Dad who think 'Digital Content' means buying a DVD.[/citation]Not trying to pick on you here, especially since you're quoting the current parlance, but I wish people would stop using the phrase "digital content" to refer just to downloaded/streamed files.
DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc, after all, so technically your dad is buying "digital content."
This news is not terribly surprising- as more people purchase their content via downloads instead of physical media, storage demands will rise. Just another marker on Technology Road.
Cloud computing makes no sense for someone with a x264 1080p encoded bluray movie collection when movies average 8-16GB on the low side for 1080p encodes, and from 25GB to 50GB for RAW untouched releases. In order for that to make any sense, the pipe to each household would have to be a phat one. I have a 46Mbps (5.8MBps) fiber connection and even that can only download 350MB per minute, 10GB every 30 min or 20GB per hour at peak. Although that is sufficient for streaming if done over a wired connection, it is still not practical for a/v philes at this point in time. Besides, nobody should be putting 1080p bluray movie encodes on any server outside of their home. The same goes for anything you DON'T want the world to be able to access, whether legal, illegal, questionable or simply private content.
That is just my 2 cents though. Take it if you will, at face value.